Picnic With You – Stampin’ Up!

Hi everyone!


I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am SO ready for Spring! Weather in the UK was particularly yuk yesterday and I want more light, more sun and less cold!

While I’m waiting I created my own but of Spring with ink, stamps and paper (and a few other bits and bobs)

The Picnic with You stamp set is so cute – it even has it’s own teeny weeny salt and pepper shakers 🙂

Obviously it has lots of picnic images but today I decided to focus on the flower basket element.  I would highly recommend the bundle so that you get the dies to cut out all those cute shapes. The basket also has an embossing die which gives a great texture to your project. The magnetic platform will really help when lining up the dies with your stamped images.

Picnic with you bundle

I embossed the card base with the  Simple Stripes embossing folder it makes me think of pretty flowers against a white picket fence.

Picnic with you bundle

I embossed the envelope flap too.

Picnic with you bundle


and we mustn’t neglect the inside!


Picnic with you bundle

Some of the flowers were raised up with dimensionals, as was the basket.


Everything you need to make this card is listed below, click the image for a closer look. Don’t forget to grab your FREE Sale-a-Bration gift with every £45 spend!

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Count my Blessings…

If you have ordered from me this month then you will get the card featured today! I always give a hand-stamped gift with every order and if you use the hostess code  D6TM2KT4 for online orders I will send you a little something from the catalogue!


My lovely Team Leader, Fiona, gave me the Count My Blessings stamp set as a gift and I am so thrilled with it, it’s absolutely stunning. Do you see the gorgeous colours on the flowers?? I coloured them with our BRAND NEW alcohol markers! They are launching on 1 November and you will LOVE them!

The finishing touch was a little Wink of Stella on the flowers which you can just about make out on the photo. In real life it’s beautiful and sparkly.
For this card shape, cut A4 card on the short side at 10.5cm and scored at 14.9cm. The Whisper White layer is 10cm x 14.4cm.
Blends are designed to work with Memento Ink and Whisper White Thick card stock.

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Would you like to win the WHOLE BLENDS collection? Stampin’ Up! are running an amazing competition on Facebook!
**STAMPIN’ BLENDS GIVEAWAY!** We’re celebrating the release of our new alcohol-based blending markers, Stampin’ Blends, by giving them to 101 lucky winners across participating Stampin’ Up! countries! (Please refer to the Official Rules to see the full list of participating countries.)

One grand prize winner will receive our entire Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection (a £108.00 value), and 100 runner-up winners will receive one Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack in one of our 12 signature colors (a £8.00 value).

TO ENTER: Like, comment, or share this post. Limit one entry per person. Giveaway ends at 5:59:59 GMT on November 1, 2017. Winners will be selected on or before November 7 and notified via Facebook. Read the Official Rules here: https://tinyurl.com/y99dykz9.




Esther xx

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The Daisy punch is back!

Hi crafty friends

After record sales of the beautiful Daisy Punch depleted stocks very quickly, I’m so pleased to tell you all that it’s back in stock!

I adore this punch and the whole the Daisy delight bundle.



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Have you tried it yet?

Hi all

With the launch of the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue in June came the fabulous Memories and More Collection. Memories and More feature beautiful packs of cards which are perfect for cardmaking, memory keeping, journalling or any other creative project that pops into your head! As you would expect from Stampin’ Up! Memories and More is all about coordination meaning you can choose matching inks, card, papers and accessories.

I chose Petal Garden for today’s project which came together very easily. Cards don’t have to take hours to have the wow factor!

I love the colours and the artwork is stunning. The Petal Garden DSP isn’t all floral though, it also has more subtle patterns meaning you get a super versatile set of papers.

Be sure to give Memories and More a go, you’ll love it!

Esther xx

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Everything's Peachy! GDP 094

Hi all

It’s challenge time again! I love taking part in the Global Design Project Challenges and this week GDP have set a sketch challenge.

It’s been a tricky week at Gather & Create HQ but it’s great to count your blessings as well as your trials and that’s what I thought of when I used Peekaboo Peach. Maybe not everything is peachy but there is plenty that is!

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Global Design Project 094| Sketch Challenge 


Here’s my entry:



To make the project:

Create card base with  Thick Whisper white card

Peekaboo Peach layer 10×14.4cm

Whisper White Layer 9.5×13.9cm

Stamp the heart border in Peekaboo Peach 6 times

Clean a piece if Whisper white with an Embossing Buddy, ink with versamark and heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Cut out with Oval thinlit. Cut scalloped edge oval from gold foil.

Stamp the flower image on White following the same process above.

Squeeze the Peekaboo Ink pad (closed!) and use the ink in the lid to colour the flower with an aqua painter.

Use Embossing Buddy all over the Whisper White layer that you stamped with the hearts and stamp the dots, emboss as per the flower and sentiment.

Wrap a piece of ribbon around the Whisper White layer, tape at the back to secure. Tie a smaller piece of ribbon to create the knot.

Glue the gold foil oval with multipurpose glue, use a couple of glue dots to secure edges.

Glue the flower to the gold oval and add the sentiment with dimensionals.

I hope you give this cute card a try and head over to the GDP blog to check out all the other entries!

Esther xx

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GDP entry – I hope you're feeling special…

Hi crafty friends

It’s been a while since I’ve taken part in a challenge…although it has been on my ‘to do list’ you know how it is! I really couldn’t resist this week’s colour challenge from Global Design project though because I love the colour combo so much.


So yummy, right?? Lemon Lime Twist is my absolute fav at the mo.

Global Design Project 093 | Colour Challenge

Here’s my entry


I used the Garden in Bloom Stamp set, the two step stamping always gives a lovely effect and I knew it would lend it self to the colours well.

The large flower and butterfly were fussy cut and raised on dimensionals to help them stand out and I used a Perfect White Accent for the centre of the flower. The ribbon was wrapped around the card and secured with some Tear & Tape adhesive, I then took a shorter length of ribbon for the knotted piece.

Let me if you have any questions or just to say hi! Be sure to check out the rest of the entries and maybe have a go yourself!

Esther xx

Lemon Lime Twist 1/2


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